Investment & Finance


Collectively, colleges and universities invest hundreds of billions of dollars. Like other decisions that institutions make, these investments have impacts that are both local and global in scope. Institutions with transparent and democratic investment processes promote accountability and engagement by the campus and community. By using the tools of sustainable investing, institutions can improve the long-term health of their endowments, encourage better corporate behavior, support innovation in sustainable products and services, support sustainability in their community, and help build a more just and sustainable financial system.

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Sustainability Scholars Grant

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The Sustainability Scholars Grant program supports undergraduate students from any discipline who wish to complete a major research project focused on sustainability. These grants are designed to give students the ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Francis Dyke, former Vice President for Finance and Administration, signed the Billion Dollar Green Challenge on October 3, 2011 and committed the University of Oregon to creating its revolving loan ...

Green Loan Fund

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The Office of Sustainability manages a $2 million green loan fund for projects demonstrating a positive impact on environmental sustainability in campus buildings and operations. The Green Loan Fund is ...


  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The Eco-Fund was created by the Class of 2008 Senior Class Gift and continues to grow thanks to alumni donations. The Eco-Fund provides small grants for programs that enhance sustainability ...

Revolving Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF)

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Launched in 2009 with a $650,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), UNH’s Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) has already seen more than $500,000 in ...

Sustainable Green Fund

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The Morris Sustainable Green Fund, launched in 2007, gives donors a way to support renewable energy projects on campus.

Green Revolving Fund

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

The UMD Green Revolving Fund was established to invest in sustainable projects at UMD. Projects are intended to contribute to efforts to save energy and become a more sustainable campus ...

Small Scale Grant

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Board advises the Graham Sustainability Institute on the distribution of its Small Scale Grants (up to $2,500), which are awarded to student groups seeking ...

Environmental Fellows Program Fund

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Dow Chemical Company and the University of Michigan are partnering up to create a Sustainability Fellows Program, which Dow will finance to the tune of $10 million over a ...

Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund (PBSIF) offers grants of $5,000 to $50,000 for student-initiated projects that promote environmental sustainability on the University of Michigan Campus. This fund ...

Sustainability Grants

  • University of Maine (ME)

The University of Maine Sustainability Grants are designed to support staff-, faculty-, and student-led projects that improve the environmental sustainability of campus facilities and operations in creative and cost-effective ways ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • University of Maine (ME)

Under the terms of the Green Loan Fund agreement, the Foundation will loan up to $500,000 (or more, pending a satisfactory review by the Foundation) to the University to ...

Green Loan Fund

  • University of Maine (ME)

The Green Loan Fund is a financial partnership between the University of Maine Foundation and the University of Maine System, by and through the University of Maine. The fund is ...

Sustainability Challenge Grant

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Sustainability Challenge Grant program is designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will promote sustainability by simultaneously advancing economic ...

Revolving Green Loan Fund

  • University of Kansas (KS)

The Revolving Green Loan Fund (RGLF) promotes sustainability at the University of Kansas by funding projects that are both environmentally and economically responsible, and that promote sustainable design, renewable energy ...

Energy Revolving Fund

  • University of Denver (CO)

DU has an aggressive energy efficiency program through facilities management. Starting with an energy revolving fund founded in 2008 74 projects have been completed, focused on a range of lighting ...

Environmental Improvement Initiative/Sustainable CU

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

In the spring of 2005, students voted to dedicate a portion of student fees to implement on-campus projects incorporating renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, and other innovative ...

Energy and Climate Revolving Fund

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The Energy & Climate Revolving Fund (ECRF) provides funding for energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects in CU facilities—and the fund has already paid back significant savings for campus ...

CED Fund

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design embraces the challenge of environmental stewardship in all our departments and programs. By making a gift to the CED Fund, individuals can help the ...

Chancellor's Green Fund Grant

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The annual CACS Sustainability Innovation Grants program enables members of the UC Berkeley campus community to undertake projects that will create a greener, more environmentally sustainable campus -- while saving resources ...

Equity Enhancement Fund

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC. Preference will be given to initiatives which: Build student, faculty, and staff competencies and ...

Workplace Sustainability Fund

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Workplace Sustainability Fund awards UBC Sustainability Coordinators with up to $1,000 to support sustainability initiatives in their units. The fund was launched in September 2009 as a funding ...

Sustainability Revolving Fund

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

UBC has launched the Sustainability Revolving Fund, which provides a minimum loan of $10,000 for projects that reduce consumption of energy, water or other resources – supporting UBC’s sustainability ...

Sustainability Committee Research Grant

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (AR)

The Sustainability Committee holds a number of annual competitions to promote the principles of sustainability and to encourage sustainable behavior on the UALR campus.

Sustainability Investment Fund

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

UAB students can apply for funding to pursue projects related to sustainability on campus! The fund is a collaborative program of UAB Sustainability and the Division of Student Affairs. The ...

Presidential Green Grant Program

  • Union College - NY (NY)

The Presidential Green Grant Program helps put student ideas into action. Proposals are accepted for the following categories: 1) Campus projects: These are projects that will make Union more sustainable ...

Coca Cola Student Sustainability Grant

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

The Office of Student Life and Coca Cola offer the Student Sustainability Grant for student-led initiatives that support The Ohio State University’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve resources ...

The New Path Contest

  • The New School (NY)

The New School considers sustainability in its broadest terms and invite applicants to do so as well. Projects can involve anything from environmentalism and recycling to access to better food ...

Green Fee Fund

  • Purchase College - State University of New York (NY)

The Green Fee Fund was established in 2012 and sustains through annual Mandatory Student Activities Fees (MSAF) as part of Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA). The purpose of the fund ...

High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund

  • Princeton University (NJ)

The High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund requests proposals for initiatives with measurable outcomes that will contribute to cultivating a sustainability ethos on campus, in service to the world. In particular ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is a revolving fund that provides funding for efficiency projects across campus that support energy reduction and climate action goals. The initial fund was set ...

President's Sustainability Fund

  • Pomona College (CA)

Thanks to the generosity of President Oxtoby, the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability administers a fund for student campus sustainability projects. Since 2007 this fund has granted over $40 ...

Sustainability Fund

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The OSU Sustainability Fund enables members of the campus community to support sustainability at Oregon State University. Donations can support a variety of projects and initiatives. Gifts in any amount ...

Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fund

  • Occidental College (CA)

The ASOC Renewable Energy & Sustainability Fund was established by students of Occidental College to help fund projects that make Occidental a more environmentally sustainable community. Our mission is to ...

Green Grants

  • New York University (NY)

NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the university's operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and design, and demonstrate the viability of best ...

Green Fund

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

The Green Fund is a program at MSU that gives students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to contribute to a fund that is specifically allocated for sustainability projects, student involvement ...

Green Revolving Loan Fund

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The green revolving loan fund (RLF) is a $300,000 fund for energy and resource conservation projects at Middlebury College. The fund will provide loans for campus projects that have ...

Environmental Council Grants

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The Environmental Council manages an innovative grant program designed to inspire environmental leadership across the campus through sustainability initiatives. Past projects include establishing a community bike shop, studying the wind ...

Revolving Green Fund

  • Miami University (OH)

The mission of the Miami University Revolving Green Fund (MURGF) is to encourage the growth and development of environmentally sound technologies and practices at Miami University and the greater Oxford ...

World Water and Food Security Fund

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

This fund enables MIT alumni/ae and friends to support the Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS). The mission of J-WAFS is to alleviate the problems of water ...

Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) Fund

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

This fund enables MIT alumni/ae and friends to support the Environmental Solutions Initiative's work to foster multi-disciplinary, multi-sector research, education, and convening.

MIT Energy Initiative Fund

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The MIT Energy Initiative is MIT’s hub for energy research, education, and outreach. Through these three pillars, we help develop the technologies and solutions that will deliver clean, affordable ...

Campus Sustainability Small Project Fund

  • Macalester College (MN)

The Sustainability Office funds small on-campus projects that promote sustainability through creative action, advance Macalester’s Sustainability Plan, and uphold the core values of the College. Projects should encourage collaboration ...

Lane's Living Green Revolving Fund

  • Lane Community College (OR)

Lane established a fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in 2006. In January 2016, Lane Community College replaced its original Energy Carryover reinvestment fund in favor of a ...

Sustainability Initiatives Fund

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

The Sustainability Initiatives Fund is a made possible by a $1 per credit hour contribution by JCCC students. The fund was born in fall 2009 when a team of JCCC ...

Live Green Revolving Loan Fund

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The Live Green! Revolving Loan Fund provides interest-free loans for campus projects that promote energy conservation and sustainability and provide a return on the investment through increased efficiencies including (but ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is a $12 million revolving fund that provides capital for high-performance campus design, operations, maintenance, and occupant behavior projects. Basic project eligibility guidelines state that ...

Sustainable Revolving Fund (SURF)

  • Hampshire College (MA)

The Hampshire College Sustainability Revolving Fund (SURF) provides loans for campus improvement projects that benefit Hampshire's sustainability by improving efficiency and conserving resources. The SURF exists to foster student ...

Green Revolving Loan Fund (GRLF)

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

On campus, we have a $30,000 Green Revolving Loan Fund (GRLF), which was started in 2012 as part of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, run by the Sustainable Endowments ...

Sustainability Reinvestment Fund

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

The Reinvestment Fund has been established through the contributions of various departments and auxiliaries including: Finance and Administration, Campus Dining, University Bookstore, Student Senate, and the Office of Sustainability Practices ...

This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.

All responses reference content from reports under the latest version of STARS, version 2.2. AASHE membership and log-in is required.

PA 9: Committee on Investor Responsibility

PA 10: Sustainable Investment

PA 11: Investment Disclosure

Additional analysis on scores and quantitative fields can be conducted using the STARS Benchmarking Tool.

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